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Sunday, January 08, 2006

The Worth Of A Short Story? Oh, 22 Cents

Eschewing waiting at tables, applying for grants or appealing to parents -- the usual ways for struggling writers to subsist -- Bruce Holland Rogers decided to sell his work online. He sends out three stories a month to subscribers who send him $8 a year -- that's 22c a story.

As he says: "Part of the idea is for me to have some regular deadlines from a paying audience. I do my best work with a little bit of performance anxiety. Every story has to be as good as I can make it, since there are always some subscribers whose subscriptions are about to expire."

So far, Rogers has 662 subscribers in 69 countries. Not bad. You can find his site here.


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